Gary Karr- The Swan by Saint Saens & Entertaining Stage Entrance

You’ll just have to watch this video to experience the best of Gary Karr, both his stage personality and sublime musicality.  I especially enjoy the arrangement of the “The Swan” with the harp quartet.

I believe Mr. Karr began his illustrious career as a solo doublebassist with a performance of “The Swan” by Saint-Saens.  If I remember correctly he was on stage in rehearsal and the conductor asked him to play the solo up an octave at the cellist’s pitch.  Well, he did and quite marvelously (mostly with 2nd finger vibrato) and that was the beginning of years as a soloist.

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One Response to Gary Karr- The Swan by Saint Saens & Entertaining Stage Entrance

  1. Bob Martin says:

    Thanks for posting this one. A classic of Gary’s singing style of playing. He was greatly loved in Japan where audiences listend quietly and attentively to serious performers and did not require flamboyant playing from artists (although Gary could do that too, obviously).

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